Field of about 15 likely for Ky. Derby

April 22, 1991|By Marty McGee

A field of about 15 is taking shape for the Kentucky Derby after the final weekend of major prep events.

Olympio, winner of Saturday's Arkansas Derby, will run in the May 4 classic, Gene Williams, a Churchill Downs spokesman, said yesterday.

Corporate Report, second to Olympio, also is being pointed to the race. If the colt starts, it would mark the 11th straight year that trainer Wayne Lukas has had at least one Derby starter.

The 3-4-6 finishers in the Arkansas Derby -- Richman, Quintana and Subordinated Debt -- also are being shipped to Churchill Downs as Derby probables.

Lost Mountain, second in the Wood Memorial, also is probable. Trainer Leroy Jolley has not decided the Derby status of Meadow Star, fourth in the Wood.

Olympio, due to arrive in Louisville, Ky., today, is likely to be fifth or sixth choice in the Derby. The other favorites -- Dinard, Fly So Free, Best Pal, Strike the Gold and Hansel -- are in Kentucky.

Dinard, the probable Derby favorite, had a leisurely, six-furlong workout in 1 minute, 18 3/5 seconds at Churchill Downs yesterday morning, and trainer Dick Lundy said the slow time was just what he wanted.

"I kind of wanted to see how he'd feel on the track," Lundy told Churchill officials. "He's real fit. He just ran two weeks ago [when he won the Santa Anita Derby].

"Everything is all right. He ran even all the way. He just wanted to stretch his legs this time. The next two will be more serious."

Lundy said Dinard would work a mile Friday, then blow out Wednesday of Derby week.

Another Derby probable is Mane Minister, and the list of possibilities includes Green Alligator and Tank.

NOTES: Robert Sangster has purchased Hipomenes, a 2-year-old, from Maryland trainer Sandra Stancer and turned him over to Carlos Garcia. Sangster paid $125,000 for Hipomenes, who finished second at Keeneland in his only start. Haymaker, the Sangster-Garcia star 3-year-old, undergoes throat surgery today in Kentucky. . . . Horses starting from the No. 1 post won six races at Pimlico Race Course yesterday. A Magic Emperor, the 3-5 favorite, was upset by Khufu in the $20,500 feature, but 4 other favorites were victorious on the 11-race card. . . . Jolie's Halo was due to arrive at Pimlico last night to begin training for the $750,000 Pimlico Special on May 11. . . . Valiant Pete (even money) defeated quarter-horse Griswold (2-5) by a neck in a $100,000 match race at Santa Anita on Saturday.

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